Time running out for Kapalua Wine and Food Fest discounts
Only a few days remain to take advantage of early bird ticket specials for the longest-running food and wine event in the United States.
The 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is set for June 9 through June 12 on Maui, with a variety of educational and tasting events scheduled at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Montage Kapalua Bay.
Special guests this year include restauranteur and “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson and chef Michele Mazza of New York’s Il Mulino, who will both lead celebrity chef cooking demonstrations during the festival. Annual gala events include the Grand Tasting, featuring food from Kapalua-area restaurants and premium wines, and the Seafood Festival, which features 14 of Maui’s top restaurants and more wine to go with live music by Maui’s Nuff Sedd.
A number of wine seminars are also scheduled, including a “Champagne and Scooby Snack” tasting hosted by master sommelier Rob Bigelow, and “Family Tree - Scions of Family Wineries” with special guest panelists Carlo Mondavi (RAEN Vineyards/Continuum), Christopher Hyde (Hyde and Sons) and Brandon De Luze (ZD) among others. Master sommelier Michael Jordan will also present “Ten Year Magic Retrospective,” a look at what a decade of aging can do to bottles of cabernet sauvignon.
Now through April 30, four-day passes are available for $895, with gala event tickets discounted to $180 each. Special room, air and car packages are also available through the festival’s travel partners; visit kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com for more details.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.